The Halki Theological School Graduates Association, which is recognized by the Greek State, is the collective body representing the graduates of the Holy Theological School of Halki, Constantinople, in every corner of the world; it was founded in 1844. The purpose of the establishment and operation of the Theological School was to train and prepare young people who wished to serve the Great Church of Christ as clergy or lay teachers of the Orthodox faith.
The Halki Theological School is the highest educational institution of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and spiritual incubator of the venerable center of Orthodoxy for the staffing of the same as well as Holy Metropolises and Archdioceses, under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Throne.
The ministry of graduates of the School, clergy and laity alike, both within the spiritual jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other Orthodox Patriarchates and autocephalous Churches has thus far been very important. Graduates of the School, the majority clergymen, played a prominent role in the Orthodox spiritual leadership of the Christian flock and adorned diocesan thrones as Metropolitans, Archbishops and Patriarchs. Lay graduates of the School were distinguished in the areas of Theological Studies and teaching of the Orthodox faith as professors of Theological Schools of Universities in Greece, Europe and the U.S., and as professors of secondary schools not only of Greece but also the Omogeneia. They contributed decisively to the transmission of Christian and cultural values and preservation of the Greek identity. After 127 years since its establishment (1844-1971), by decision of the Turkish government, its operation was suspended for political reasons in violation of the Code of human rights.
After the closure of the Theological School, the “HSTG” Association keeps its legacy alive through its members and witness around the world. At the same time, it sheds light into the flagrant injustice perpetrated against the School in order to raise the conscience of the international community and supports initiatives in the direction of persuading the Turkish government to reconsider its decision and authorize its reopening.